Days after the grisly killing of American journalist
“We don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Boxer told reporters Friday at an appearance at Los Angeles City Hall. “And that’s the policy, and
The California Democrat briefly answered a question about the ransom policy after delivering remarks that ranged from global challenges such as the
Foley’s slaying by the
Most major countries officially pledge not to pay for hostages, but several European nations have directly or indirectly paid ransoms to free their nationals, despite denying that they do so, former U.S. officials told the Los Angeles Times.
Boxer said Friday that "the brutal cold-blooded murder of an American journalist has brought the battle against ISIS to a new level, as far as I'm concerned."
"No one is safe in a world where ISIS is allowed to terrorize and grow unchecked," Boxer said of the group, calling it "perhaps the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known."
The senator said she backed the Obama administration's decision to authorize targeted air strikes in Iraq and to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State. She argued that the current fight against the terrorist group was not a continuation of the war in Iraq, which she voted against.
“But make no mistake, this terrorist organization was born out of the deeply flawed U.S. invasion of Iraq,” Boxer said, arguing that the failure of former Iraqi Prime Minister